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The Point 


April 17, 2009 
Issue No. 6 

Fitchburg State College's student newspaper 


With parking spaces at a premium on campus, students leave their cars at the Civic Center and then 
take the shuttle back and forth. 

No parking: Students 
have to pay the price 

By John McGinn 

Lack of sufficient commuter 
parking spaces is not a new prob- 
lem for students at Fitchburg State 
College. Each and every year, 
commuters get the shaft with 
parking on campus - and this year 
has been no different. 

"Parking here is horrible," said 
Mike Geary, a junior at FSC. 
"You can't get a space on campus 
so you have to park on the side 
streets. If you do that and the 

people that live on the street don't 
like it, they will call the cops and 
you will get towed." 

As the college admits more 
students each year, the issue with 
commuter parking is sure to grow 
as well. 

Most commuter students have 
been issued at least one parking 
ticket in their time at FSC. 

AnnMarie Caprio Dunton, 
interim director of housing and 
residential services, stated, "Since 

Sept. 1, 2008 through March 31, 
2009, there have been 1,822 park- 
ing citations written, which totals 
$99,800." It should be noted 
that although $99,800 worth of 
citations were given out, some 
of those were overturned in an 
appeal process. Also, $22,000 of 
that citation money has been con- 
tributed to FSC's scholarship fund 
in the last year. 

Many people would think that 
Continued on Page 2 

Special Olympics 
lives up to name 

By Carlie Roy 

Next month, for the sec- 
ond year in a row, something 
really special will take place 
on the Fitchburg State College 

The Special Olympics, 
which last year brought more 
than 450 athletes to FSC, will 
be held here again on May, 
1, from 8:15 a.m. to about 2 

It takes a large number of 
dedicated volunteers to put 
on this event, which organiz- 
ers say is meant to bring one 
message to the world: "People 
with intellectual disabilities 
can and will succeed if given 
the opportunity." 

And at FSC, there is one 
volunteer who has taken on 
the largest role of them all. 

Maria Cavarretta, the 
women's indoor and outdoor 
track and field captain, has 
also taken on the role of event 
director for this year's North 
Central School Day Games of 
the Special Olympics. 

"Being a part of the Spe- 
cial Olympics last year was 
so remarkable that I knew I 
wanted to take part in it again," 
Cavarretta said. 

"I chose to take on a leader- 
ship role because I had a lot 
of ideas for the program and 
wanted to make a difference in 
these athletes' lives." 

Some of the duties of the 

Special Olympics photo 
Athletes go for glory in the 
Special Olympics. 

event director include planning 
fund-raisers, organizing meet- 
ings, and coordinating com- 
munication with the Special 
Olympics, the community, and 
the volunteers. 

"Although this is a time- 
consuming job, seeing the 
smiles of the athletes on the 
day of the event makes it all 
Continued on Page 2 

How does Shakepeare 
sound in a Wild West 
saloon? Audiences 
can find out for 
themselves at MainStage 
productions of 
"The Taming of the 
Shrew. " The play, set 
in Wyoming in 1890, 
offers a new look at 
a classic. 
Story on Page 2. 

Staff photo by John McGinn 

2 -April 17,2009 


'Shrew' production doesn't have to be tame 

By Mark Smolak 

What do you do if you find yourself 
bored one night? Do you think about going 
to a movie? 

How about going to a play instead? 

Nothing beats the experience of seeing 
actors perform in a live production, accord- 
ing the Kelly Morgan, a professor in the 
English department's theater track. 

"Seeing a play live means that the 
performance that evening is for those that 
night only," Morgan says. 

"Today, so many students live with 
iPods, their cell phones, on the computer 
and in front of the television. This is break- 
ing away from these electronic forms of 
communication to experience live enter- 

Students can experience it for them- 
selves by attending MainStage performanc- 
es of "The Taming of the Shrew," to be 
presented at 7:30 p.m. on April 23-25; 2 
p.m. on April 26; 7:30 p.m. on April 29; 6 
p.m. on April 30; and 7:30 p.m. on May 1 
and 2. Performances will be held in McKay 
Auditorium. Tickets cost $5 for students, 
staff, and senior citizens; $10 for the gen- 
eral public. 

There will also be a special free perfor- 
mance at 4:30 p.m. on April 22, scheduled 
to coincide with "Visions." 

Morgan is directing the production, 
which he says has actually been three years 
in the making. 

"I chose this play because I have had a 
concept brewing in my mind about how to 
bring this story to campus in a way that will 
connect to [students] while still honoring 
the intent of Shakespeare," Morgan says. 

Staff photo by John McGinn 
Wyoming in 1890 isn 't the most likely place to find Shakespeare - but it's a good place 
to start, as it provides the setting for Fitchburg State College's "The Taming of the 

The concept was to present the play as a 
Western, Morgan says, set in a Wild West 
saloon just days before Wyoming is granted 

statehood and becomes the first state to 
grant women the right to vote. 

"It offers questions about sexist aspects 

"It offers questions 

about sexist aspects 

of great literature 

and the true intent 

of Shakespeare for 

this play. It is also a 

lot of fun, as we 

have added a bar 

fight, saloon girls 

and dancing. " 

- Kelly Morgan 

of great literature and the true intent of 
Shakespeare for this play," Morgan says. 
"It is also a lot of fun, as we have added a 
bar fight, saloon girls and dancing as well 
as early women's rights songs and poetry." 

It all adds up to a worthwhile experi- 
ence, according to student Tyler Welch, 
who directed "Three One-Act Plays by 
Christopher Durang" in March at FSC. 

"The actors and actions on stage evoke 
feelings and emotions that cause one to 
either get angry, or sad, or maybe even pee 
their pants with laughter," Welsh says. 

"Not only that, but you are also support- 
ing the arts and seeing what talented and 
amazing people are on campus." 

Welsh says he has seen attendance 
increasing for theater events on campus, 
and it's a trend he hopes will continue. "We 
have some great venues here, amazing on- 
campus talent, and spectacular theater and 
tech-theater programs," Welch says. 

FSC file photo 

Special events, such as the Great Move-In, can add to the parking confusion on campus. 

Lots of parking issues on campus 

Continued from Page 1 

paying $50 dollars for your commuter 
parking pass would entitle you to a park- 
ing space on campus. 

Here at FSC, that's not the case. 

Giving out more passes than there are 
spaces is one major reason why it is nearly 
impossible to find a spot in one of the lots. 

With only three commuter parking lots 
on the main campus, many students are 
forced to park at the Wallace Civic Center; 
the general consensus is that student's don't 
like this. 

"I have been dealing with the Civic Cen- 
ter parking lot for years," said Vito Desilva, 
a senior. 

"The shuttle bus is never on time and if 
you end up walking, it can be dangerous." 

In the winter months, sidewalks between 
the Civic Center and campus are not cleared, 
forcing students to walk in the street with 
cars speeding by them. Once spring rolls 
around, those same sidewalks are covered 
in mud. 

One possible solution to the parking 
woes on campus would be a dependable 
shuttle service. 

Unfortunately at FSC, the shuttle buses 
seem to travel on their own schedules. The 
shuttle, which is serviced by the Mon- 
tachusett Regional Transit Authority, is 
scheduled to run in 15-minute routes from 

the Civic Center through campus and to 
the MBTA Commuter Rail station. As most 
MART shuttle users at FSC can tell you, 
waiting for a shuttle can sometimes take 45 
minutes or longer. 

Clearly, the parking situation on the 
Fitchburg State campus is one that needs 
to be addressed. If the college intends to 
herd as many students as they can to the 
Civic Center parking lot, then they need to 
provide a timely and reliable shuttle service 
to get to the main campus. 

With student numbers rising, we can 
only hope that serious changes will be 
made to make the commuter students' daily 
trip to campus more pleasant. 


Continued from Page 1 

worthwhile," Cavarretta said. 

It takes a whole team of support 
personnel to make this event a suc- 
cess: Special Olympics personnel, 
volunteers, people who make dona- 
tions, and also spectators. 

If you would like to volunteer or 
make a donation to this year's Special 
Olympics, you can either stop by Dr. 
Laurie DeRosa's office at McKay in 
room B 137, or you can contact Maria 
Cavarretta at mcavarre@student.fsc. 
edu to make arrangements. 

If you are unable to commit a full 
day to volunteer and if money is too 
tight to donate, you might want to help 
out as one of the "Fan in the Stands," 
which is equally important. 

These athletes need fans to cheer 
for them just like all other athletes, 
so come on down to Elliot Field on 
Friday, May 1 . 

New Horizons 

The Fitchburg State College com- 
munity recently welcomed two new 
employees, Crystal Joseph and Kris- 
ten Nelson. 

Both are working for Expanding 
Horizons - Joseph as director, and 
Nelson as staff assistant/coordinator 
for career and mentor programs. 

The department supervisor is Stan 


April 17,2009-3 


Vincent Tranfaglia is launching his new company, Blind Faith Pic- 
tures, with help from Fitch burg State College intern Sarah Taylor. 

Blind Faith puts 
the focus on film 

By Ashley Galicia 

Lights! Cameras! A green car- 
pet? Well, that is what they'll he 
rolling out for the Blind Faith 
green-carpet event. 

The new film studio's big kick- 
off event is designed to show that 
it's going green and also trying 
to bring jobs back into New Eng- 

Sarah Taylor, a student at 
Fitchburg State College, is cur- 
rently interning at Blind Faith 
Pictures, and helped put together 
this event. 

It will be held April 23 at the 
Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI, 
and the public is invited to pur- 
chase tickets and attend. 

Taylor said a number of celeb- 
rities will be attending, as well. 
"Some of the confirmed guests 
are [Miss Massachusetts] Cris- 
tina Nardozzi, [television actress] 
Susie Castillo, [WJAR-TV Chan- 
nel 1 meteorologist and reporter] 
RJ Heim, and [Foo Fighters key- 
boardist] Rami Jaffee." 

Vincent Tranfaglia, the presi- 
dent and executive producer of 
Blind Faith Pictures, hopes his 
company can help independent 
filmmakers launch their dreams 
into reality. 

"We really want to kick off 
an explosion of business activity, 
bringing people and businesses 
together to stimulate the local 
economy and create jobs," says 

He also wants to help ease the 
current economic crisis by provid- 
ing jobs for the arts and entertain- 
ment industry. 

In addition, he hopes his plan 
for going green and being an eco- 
friendly movie studio will encour- 

age other companies to do the 
same. "Blind Faith Pictures will 
become a multi-faceted arts and 
entertainment corporation in the 
next two years, with the ability 
to serve a variety of production 
needs." according to the com- 
pany's promotional material. 

Along with helping filmmak- 
ers, Blind Faith is making an 
effort to help New England chari- 
ties. Some of the profits of this 
first green-carpet event will be 
donated to the House of Compas- 
sion, a non-profit boarding house 
in Cumberland, Rl that serves 
low-income persons suffering 
from HIV and AIDS. 

Upon learning that financial 
problems could force the house 
to close its doors, Blind Faith 
stepped in to help. 

That help is appreciated by 
residents such as Noel Johnson, a 
53-year-old who has been living 
with HIV for the past 1 years. 

"I'm on top of my game," he 
says, giving credit to the house 
where he enjoys his own bedroom 
and a "family" environment for 
$174 a month. "Here you are a 
human with dignity and respect," 
Johnson said. 

Taylor and Tranfaglia say they 
have a lot of faith in the new stu- 
dio and its potential to help those 
in the film industry and beyond. 

They plan to offer new film- 
makers a chance to send in their 
work, or even get a job behind the 

For information on purchas- 
ing tickets for the kickoff event, 
go to http://blindfaithpictures. 

Actress explores 
funny side of family 

By Lee Martin 

In these times of unrest, it's 
important to remember and keep 
a firm grasp on the familial 
bonds we share. Few know that 
better than actress Antoinette 
LaVecchia, who will be per- 
forming her one-woman show 
"In Spite of Myself (or How to 
be a Good Italian Daughter)," 
here on campus on May 1 . 

"It's a love story between a 
mother and daughter," LaVec- 
chia says of her act. 

"These people are trying to 
understand each other, but one 
is an Americanized woman and 
the other is a former immigrant. 
It's really funny, because of the 
culture clash present." 

Reviewers have described the 
show as hilarious and full of 
heart, which is something that 
LaVecchia says she understands 
all too well. 

"I think people like this 
because the Italian culture in 
general is just full of warmth 
and humor. I think they can 
relate to it very well." 

Apart from her family, inspi- 
ration for LaVecchia comes from 
... well ... everywhere! 

"The newspapers, my stu- 
dents, my experiences, other 
plays, life, everything - 1 think as 
an artist, that's what you aspire 
to. When you're not inspired 
by anything it's harder to move 

As an actress, LaVecchia has 
appeared in numerous stage pro- 
ductions, and has made several 
appearances in films and televi- 
sion. She has also performed 
for more than 2,000 people at 
Carnegie Hall. 

In the span of her career she's 
worked alongside actors includ- 
ing Steve Buscemi, Gina Ger- 
shon, Ralph Macchio, and Billy 
Crudup, in numerous dramatic 
and comedic roles. 

Whether she prefers to work 
in theater, film, or TV is a toss- 
up for her. 

"Theater is what I know best, 
but film and TV excite me," 

Antoinette LaVecchia is bringing her one-woman show, "In 
Spite of Myself, " to FSC on May 1. 

LaVecchia says. "I've had 20 
years of theater experience, but 
the newness of TV and film still 
interests me. It's enjoyable to do 
them all." 

She adds, however, "There's 
a certain fun element to per- 
forming live on stage with an 
audience that can't be emulated 
with a TV or film audience." 

When not performing, LaVec- 
chia says she enjoys physical 
activity, especially yoga. More 
than anything, however, she just 
enjoys working her job, writing 
and acting. 

"I'm a little too immersed in 
what I do to have conventional 

hobbies," she says. "Essentially 
my career is my life." 

After appearing on campus, 
LaVecchia has plans for a new 
theater performance she's been 
working on, called "Village Sto- 
ries." The show will follow hun- 
dreds of years of activity taking 
place in her birthplace in Italy. 

"I've already begun work- 
shopping it, and I can't wait to 
get it going, because it's very 
close to my heart," she says. 

LaVecchia will he performing 
at 7 p.m. on May 1, in Percival 
Auditorium. Tickets can still be 
purchased through CenterStage. 

Picture-perfect fund-raiser set 

By Arianne Avellino 

It is said that a picture is 
worth a thousand words. But 
can a picture motivate people to 
volunteer their time for a good 

Fitchburg State photography 
majors Brian Smith and Gina 
Descarreaux have created a 
photo exhibition for the Salva- 
tion Army in hopes of doing 
just that. 

The Fitchburg branch of the 
Salvation Army is looking to 
attract more people to volunteer, 
donate, and utilize the services 
offered. One way they are try- 
ing to reach the community is 
through the "Good-Wil" Sun- 
day brunch event, run by local 

performer Wil Darcangelo, fea- 
turing a photo exhibition that 
highlights what the Salvation 
Army is all about. 

The task given to Smith 
and Descarreaux, two students 
whose public-relations class 
is working with the Salvation 
Army, was to create an exposi- 
tion of 30 or so photos capturing 
the essence of the good work 
done by this organization. 

They decided to approach it 
by evoking emotion from view- 
ers through photographs that 
focus on the children helped by 
the Salvation Army. 

The photographers want to 
show how children gain from 
the efforts of this organization. 

"We hope to raise people's 
awareness about the Salvation 
Army," Smith said. "Most don't 
know the extent of what they do. 
We also want to make people 
aware that they can donate to 
the Salvation Army by not only 
attending the exhibit, but by 
purchasing our work, all of the 
profits of which will go right 
back to the organization." 

The "Good-Wil" brunch and 
photo exhibition will take place 
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19, 
in the Fitchburg Senior Center 
at 1 4 Wallace Ave. Tickets cost 
$12 for adults and $8 for chil- 
dren. Proceeds will benefit the 
Blue Star Mothers of America 
Leominster Chapter 1 . 

4 -April 17,2008 


See a twinkle of 'Twilight' 

By Kara Noonan 

I am sure most of you have heard 
the chatter surrounding Stephenie Meyer's 
"Twilight" books. 

It seems that the pages have been caught 
in the wind and blown onto the doorsteps 
of every female romance-novel lover. My 
friends are reading them, my co-workers, 
and even my professors. All this jabber 
enticed me into opening up the 500 paged, 
first of the series "Twilight" (Little, Brown 
and Company). 

I soon found myself engrossed in Mey- 
er's exquisite descriptions that allow you 
to seemingly see, taste, smell, and touch 
what the narrator and protagonist, Bella, is 

Bella is an ordinary girl, a bit uncoordi- 
nated, and likes to keep to herself. She has 
just recently come to live with her father 
in Forks, Washington; it's a place that sees 
more rain than anywhere in the United 
States. But through all the gloom she 
discovers Edward Cullen, whose chiseled 
good looks and ravenous stare intrigue her. 

Only, Edward seems a bit peculiar. He 
begins avoiding her, then following her. 
Soon Bella demands the truth about him, 
even though he warns her that getting too 
close to him is not in her best interest. 
Edward Cullen is a vampire. 

He does not drink the blood of humans 

Photo by Annapur 
After reading "Twilight, "fans can go on to collect the other books in the series. 

though, as he is sort of a vegetarian, but this 
does not mean that he has lost all craving 
for it. Besides the great risk involved Bella 
and Edward spiral further into a great love 
affair and Bella soon finds herself face to 
face with things she always believed only 
existed in nightmares. 

A compelling love story demands seem- 
ingly impossible obstacles that the lovers 

must hurdle over. Twilight has this. Edward 
needs to gain approval from his vampire 
family as well as overcome his thirst for 
Bella's blood. Bella sacrifices her parents, 
her friends, and herself all for love. It is 
how we imagine love should feel. I know 
I was left wondering where my Edward 
Cullen is 

Meet your virtual neighbors 
in Animal Crossing: City Folk 

By Kevin Chaple 

The Animal Crossing franchise is based 
on a simple concept: You play the part of a 
character moving into a new house in a new 
town. Upon arriving, you meet Tom Nook, 
who happens to own the properly you just 
moved into. He explains the loan you owe 
him and gives you a part-time job working 
for him to pay it off. 

This initiates a basic training sequence 
in which you do a few random tasks - 
making deliveries, mailing letters, planting 
trees - for Nook, while also learning the 
basics of the game. 

Once you've finished the basic tasks, 
you're on your own to continue exploring 
your town. You don't even have to pay 
your mortgage off. If you do, however, 
Nook upgrades your house; this will give 
you another loan to pay off, which in turn 
allows for upgrades to repeat. Upgrad- 
ing your house is definitely worthwhile, 
as Nook's shop has a changing variety of 
home furnishings available for purchase 
and you're definitely going to need more 
room for all the stuff you buy! 

On paper, this may sound pretty boring. 
Working in a game to pay off a mortgage? 
It's not fun in real life, so why would it 
make a game interesting? 

Amazingly, it actually is fun. It's also 
incredibly addicting. Really, you can 
do whatever you want. You can also go 
online with friends and visit one another's 

The best thing about Animal Crossing is, 
it's real-time world. If you play the game at 
night, it will be night in your town. If you 
play in the winter, there will be snow on the 
ground in your town. If you play on Christ- 
mas, you'll find Jingle the reindeer visiting 
your town, giving out presents. 

This real -world connection with seasons 
and time of day also carries over to the bugs 
and fish you find. Mosquitoes, for example, 

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Seasonal activities are part of the fun in the Wii game Animal Crossing: City Folk. 

can only be caught in the summer. Some 
creatures are rarer than others, making the 
collecting aspect particularly fun. 

Sharks are a difficult catch and therefore 
carry a heftier amount of bells, should you 
sell to Nook. There is also a museum in 
town where you can donate your fish and 
bugs, as well as fossils you may dig up to 
assemble dinosaurs. Rare paintings you 
pick up in the city can be donated to the 
museum, provided you didn't get suckered 
into buying a forgery. The museum makes 
the collecting process that much more 

The only problem with Animal Cross- 
ing: City Folk is that, in all honesty, it isn't 
much of an upgrade from the franchise's 
previous installment, Animal Crossing: 
Wild World, released in 2005 for the por- 
table Nintendo DS. 

The city area is the biggest change, but 
there really isn't that much to do in the city. 
In fact, if you're playing late at night after 

the shops close, there's barely anything you 
can do. Taking the bus to the city from your 
town is barely ever worth the time. 

You can pick City Folk up alone at 
$49.99 or bundled with WiiSpeak at $69.99. 
WiiSpeak is a small microphone you place 
on top of your television to pick up the 
sound from the room, allowing you to talk 
to others in-game when playing online. At 
this time, Animal Crossing is the only game 
using WiiSpeak, but Nintendo has also 
released the free WiiSpeak Channel online, 
allowing users to chat. 

While it might not be the best Wii game 
out there, it's definitely the one you'll get 
the most out of, thanks mainly to the previ- 
ously mentioned changing seasons. 

The activities and events listed here 
barely scratch the surface of all you can do 
in the game. Even if you play half an hour 
a day for a year, you'll still have plenty left 
to do. There is always something going on 
in Animal Crossing. 




By John Ochiltree 

One always has a sense of dread with 
the books being assigned at the begin- 
ning of the semester. Students look at the 
pile of books with disbelieving eyes and 
say, "There's nothing worthwhile here." 

That was the attitude when a book fell 
into this author's lap for a World Litera- 
ture class. The book was "The Oblivion 
Seekers" by Isabelle Eberhardt. 

"The Oblivion Seekers" is a collec- 
tion of short stories by a woman whose 
life was more interesting then one would 

Born as an illegitimate daughter to 
Swiss royalty and raised as a boy, Eber- 
hardt excelled in learning. Her father 
wanted his daughter to be educated, and 
she soon became a polyglot, even speak- 
ing Arabic. 

She later emigrated from France to 
Algeria, where she converted to Islam. 
She met a man who would later become 
her husband, she wrote about her travels 
and the people she met, and she hung 
out in kif bars. Kif, for those who don't 
know, is the Algerian equivalent of mari- 

So right now you must be thinking, 
"Wow, this girl is pretty cool." Well, she 
later settles down in a remote hut to get 
to writing, when a flash flood swoops 
by, killing her and her husband. She 
was 28. 

Kind of makes you think, "Man, what 
have I been doing with my life? She was 
only 28 and she did all that really cool 

The book itself is beautifully written. 
Eberhardt had a way with words that few 
authors today possess. 

She wrote stories with themes that 
were, at the time, sensitive to most Euro- 
peans. The stories deal with the French 
occupation of Algeria, European views 
of the East, and the West's relations with 
the Muslim world. 

Most of the stories are incredibly 
memorable, especially the one titled 
"Criminal." It tells the story of an Algeri- 
an man who sells his farm to the French, 
only to be financially shafted by them. 
He becomes very poor and is forced to 
work for some bourgeois Frenchmen. 
The old man gets his revenge by setting 
fire to the rich man's barn. Violence was 
his only way to get back at the rich. 

I highly recommend reading this 
book. It's only 80 pages and it is a really 
quick read. It won't take up too much of 
your time. So go and take it out from a 
library, buy it, or I'll even let you borrow 
it from me. 

Clip art on a locker shows Isabelle 
Eberhardt is still an inspiration. 


April 17, 2009-5 

Internships communicate a future 

By Dwight Stearns 

What are you doing for the rest of your 

This is a question that we ask ourselves 
more and more as we get older. It's the rea- 
son that we go to school. 

But there is one final step that many stu- 
dents must take before being flung out into 
the real-world workforce: the internship. 

Dana Volke, a senior at Fitchburg State 
College, is doing an internship at WBZ 
news in Boston. 

"I'm really excited," Volke said. "It 
wasn't until this past year that I really knew 
what I wanted to do." 

Like all communications majors, Volke 
had to attend four meetings run by Dr. 
Charles Sides. 

It was here that he learned about how to 
make a portfolio, resume, and how to do a 
demo defense. 

The demo/portfolio defense is argu- 
ably the most important part of the whole 

"Going into the defense. I was super 
scared," Volke said. "Looking back, I don't 
know why I was. All you need to do is be 
prepared and put your best foot forward." 

The contents of a demo/portfolio will 
vary according to what students are attempt- 

The WBZ news van is on the scene in Boston, setting up for a report. 

ing to do on their internships. For example, 
a video demo reel consists of three to four 
clips that clock in at anywhere from one to 
three minutes. 

The best suggestion that Volke has to 
offer those preparing their own demo reels/ 

portfolios is to make sure that they use their 
most professional work. 

"The mistake that I made was not keep- 
ing track of all my work throughout the 
years." he said. "I had to create special 
clips specifically for my reel." 

After the defense, which is done in front 
of a panel of three professors, the students 
are offered internships that best suit their 
interests and abilities. 

While they aren't always what the stu- 
dents think they want, it is often for the 

Matthew Keene, a graduate of FSC, went 
to Norton Public Access, which wasn't his 
first choice. 

"I wanted to go out to L.A., but that 
didn't end up happening," Keene said. 

"However, Norton ended up being the 
right fit. and now I have a pretty decent 
job that will act as a springboard for what 
I want to do." 

Volke also said some experience in 
public access, which he put on his resume. 
"Anything that you can do to help yourself 
out is crucial," he said. 

"Any sort of work will help you learn." 

He contends that the process will be dif- 
ferent for everyone. 

"Once you figure out what you want 
to do, the rest sort of falls into place," he 

"This school [FSC] is very techni- 
cal, so we have skills that most other 
college kids don't have any idea about." 

Leader's Training 
both physical and 

Camp helps build 
mental strength 

By Craig R. Transue 

Are you looking for a summer 
experience away from New Eng- 
land that will also help you in the 
real world? 

Leader's Training Camp is a 
fast-paced, four week summer 

During LTC, a student cadet 
will learn how the military trains 
and works. 

"At first, I didn't know what 
to expect," said Student Cadet 
Patrick Dolan. "But when I got 
there and started training, it all 
made sense." 

At training, student cadets will 
be participating in activities that 
will challenge them physically 
and mentally. The objective of 
LTC is to build leaders mentally 
and physically. 

"At LTC, the counselors 
allowed me to take charge and 
train," said Dolan. The experi- 
ence student cadets gain from 
LTC can be applied to student 
lifestyles and carried on through 
to the work place. 

"Instructors drilled methods 
of being successful and why it's 
important to be a solid moral 
character in the workplace," 
Dolan said. 

Those student cadets who 
choose to sign up for the four- 
week summer course will be 
going to Fort Knox, KY. 

Student Cadet Anthony Grass- 
ini was intrigued that he got to 
leave New England for once and 
explained, "Being from New 
England, I have not traveled a lot. 
Going to LTC was an adventure 
for me." 

At Fort Knox, student cadets 
will learn how the military works 
and train how the military trains. 

ROTC Cadets in training building a single rope bridge. 

The course is broken up into 
two sections: classroom course 
training and field training. For 
instance, cadets will be learn- 
ing military courtesies, military 
structure, and military life in the 

In field environments, cadets 
will be training and getting famil- 
iar with combat water survival 
training, basic rifle marksman- 
ship, situational training exer- 
cises, and leadership reaction 

"Not only was I able to fire an 
assault rifle, but I was also taught 
weapon discipline. Weapon disci- 
pline is important. You can't have 
just anybody carry a weapon, 
especially an assault rifle," said 

Once on the ground, cadets 
will be broken up into teams, 
and rotations will start in group 
leadership. For example, the 
class leader will be in charge of 
accountability in the classroom. 

"Managing a team and its 
resources gave me the ability to 
multitask and gave me more con- 
fidence when making decisions," 
Dolan said. 

In the field, the team leader 
will be in charge of receiving 
an assignment, issuing a warn- 
ing order of the assignment and 
making necessary movements to 
accomplish the mission. Grassini 
said, "Knowing the troop leading 
procedure helps me tremendously 
in the civilian world." 

Any qualified freshman or 

sophomore college student can 
join LTC. 

Enrolling in LTC does not 
mean you have to be obligated to 
the Army. 

LTC is designed for a student 
who wants to get a feel for the 
Army to see if he or she is inter- 
ested in joining. It can also be for 
those students who want to learn 
leader training skills. 

For students who want to be 
challenged this summer, enroll- 
ment is open. Go down to the 
ROTC office in room 110 of 
Thompson Hall, or call at 978- 

For further information and an 
in-depth description of LTC, visit 

FSC close 
to home 
for nursing 
maj or 

By Lee Martin 

In these troubled times more 
than ever, the public has needed 
fresh new doctors, nurses, and 
medics of all types to look out for 
the public good. 

Amanda Marcil, a nursing 
major from Fitchburg State Col- 
lege, understands that all too well, 
but has more than the public good 
in mind. 

"At the risk of sounding cli- 
che," Marcil has said of her career 
aspiration, "I've wanted to do this 
since I was really little." 

Marcil, a resident of Lunen- 
burg, lives off-campus, in her own 
words "two seconds away from 
the school." 

As a student with relatives who 
have worked at FSC, she enjoys 
the campus a good deal. Her father 
currently works here, she said, and 
her mother used to, so she feels a 
strong sense of familiarity with 
the campus. "It's like I lived there, 
I know the place front to back." 
she said. 

Marcil enjoys junk food, watch- 
ing reality TV, and listening to all 
sorts of music, "except really hard 
rock." In her spare time she has 
been learning how to play the 
piano. She used to also play the 
flute, but as she puts it: "It was 
pretty hard." 

After she earns her degree, Mar- 
cil has her future all mapped out. 
At some point in the near future 
she plans to get married. "But I 
don't want any kids," she adds ^ 
with a laugh. And then she hopes 
to travel. "I'd love to see Europe," 
she says. "It looks amazing." 

6 -April 17, 2009 



Captain An 
HPSP Medical Recipient 

If you'd like to begin a health care career that sets you apart from your peers, consider the U.S. Army. 
Through the R Edward'Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, students can 

receive full tuition for a professional degree in medicine or dentistry. The program offers: 


• Full tuition at an accredited medical or dental school 

A sign-on bonus of $20,000 


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equipment and some academic fees 

A monthly stipend of $1,900 


7 - April 17.2009 


October 26, 2007 ~ 7 

Laptops: weapons of mass distraction? 

By Craig R. Transue 

Have you ever been in a class 
where the student in front of you 
spends the entire semester surfing 
the Internet while you try to stay 

Currently at Fitchburg State 
College, many professors have 
authorized their students to bring 
in laptops to take notes and par- 
ticipate in class assignments. 

The problem with this is that 
as the professor is up front teach- 
ing, many of the students with 
laptops are distracting not only 
themselves, but also the students 
around them. 

Many of the individuals who 
bring their laptops to class know 
they won't be able to pay atten- 
tion but do it anyway. 

"Occasionally, meaning all the 
time, if the professor gives me 
the opportunity to bring in my 
laptop, I will take advantage of it 
and surf the Net the whole class," 
says Nick Bruegge, a current FSC 

"When it comes to using my 
personal laptop in class, it is a 
total distraction," Bruegge says. 
"I am not saying it hinders my 
learning; I am just not there, I am 
in cyberspace." 

Yet laptops can be a useful tool 
in the classroom. 

They give students the ability 
to download course documents, 
use Microsoft Word to type notes 


When students have the discipline to avoid distraction, laptops can be useful tools in the classroom. 

in a faster, more organized man- 
ner, and do quick research on 
the fly to answer a professor's 

Bringing laptops to class also 
allows students to be more flex- 
ible with their schedules. 

With students going to three 
and four classes a day, eating, and 

going to work, the ability to bring 
one laptop instead of a backpack 
full of notebooks can be a huge 

"With my computer, I know I 
can juggle my college, military 
[ROTC], civilian, and personal 
lives more manageably," explains 

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So, does having a personal 
computer in class actually help or 
hinder learning? 

The answer seems to depend 
on the individual who is using it. 
What can be a distraction for one 
student can be a huge advantage 
for another. For some students, 
the laptop might even be both. 

"When it comes 

to using my 

personal laptop 

in class, it is a 

total distraction. 

I am not saying 

it hinders my 

learning; I am 

just not there, 

I am in 
cyberspace. " 

- Nick Bruegge 

"Personal computers can go both 
ways," Bruegge says. "They can 
either allow me to check the lat- 
est Red Sox score or they can 
allow me to be more flexible and 
accomplish college work to get 
me ahead in classes." 

For those who cannot sepa- 
rate their personal life from their 
school life, bringing a laptop to 
class might be a bad decision. 

Whatever your position on the 
topic is, it's important to remem- 
ber that by surfing the Internet 
during class you hurt not only 
your GPA, but the students around 
you as well. 

Rotaract club puts 
the focus on service 

By Lisa McKeon 

Are you looking for the ulti- 
mate resume builder and a chance 
to help yourself as well as oth- 
ers? That's what's being offered 
to Fitchburg State College stu- 
dents who join the Rotaract 
club on campus. 
A Rotary-spon- 
sored service 
club for men and 
women ages 1 8 
to 30, Rotaract 
clubs are either 
community or 
based; there are 
currently more 
than 7,000 Rota- 
ract clubs world- 
wide. "This club will open new 
doors and a new opportunity," said 
FSC graduate Michael F. Ellis, 
who is now a district governor of 
Rotary International. "It is truly a 
leadership experience that few of 
your peers have embraced." 

The Rotaract club does not 
only focus on local community- 
service projects, but helps people 
in need worldwide. 

"In the past we had an Xbox 
tournament to raise money for 
an orphanage in Peru," said FSC 
student Amanda Grant, president 
of the club on campus. "It is a 
great feeling to help others. Also, 
our club plants and maintains the 
flowers on Main Street." 

Grant continued, "We have a 

really fun event coming up, a 
fashion show in May." 

Jhalisa Potts, a sophomore, is a 

new member of the Rotaract club. 

"I'm happy that I joined because 

it gives me something to do on 

campus," Potts said. "The 

environment is 

really laid-back 

and friendly. I 

am extremely 

A 1\ 

excited about 
the fashion 
show coming 
up because 
we are holding 
auditions right 
on campus." 

The fashion 
show, sponsored 
by Kohl's and presented by the 
members of the club, is going to 
take place at the district confer- 
ence in May. 

The enthusiasm from the mem- 
bers and committee is not limited 
to club events. 

It's a great way to meet people 
in all different types of careers, 
Grant said, providing an excep- 
tional opportunity for networking. 
And, she said, "This will look 
fantastic on your resume." 

Ellis urged anyone who is bored 
to think about joining. "The idea 
of service is fun; it doesn't have 
to be a drag," he said. "It brings 
change and hope to our commu- 
nity and others ... and you'll feel 

the fellowship of Rotary." 

8 -April 17, 2009 



Strong showing for track teams 

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The Fitchburg State men's and women's 
outdoor track and field team competed at 
the George Davis Invitational hosted by 
UMass Lowell on Easter weekend. 

Sophomore Matt Muolo (Stoneham, 
Mass./Stoneham) led the Falcons with two, 
top- 10 finishes en route to being named the 
MASCAC Field Player of the Week for the 
second time this season. 

Muolo collects the weekly honor after 
leading Fitchburg State in the field, earning 
a top finish in the javelin (55.03 meters) 
and a seventh=place finish in the shot-put 
(12.09 meters). 

On the track, junior Alex Ivanov (Carl- 
isle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) led the Fitch- 
burg State men's team, placing fourth in the 

1 1 0-meter hurdles with a time of 1 7.44 sec- 
onds. Sophomore Devon Jennings (Brock- 
ton, Mass./Brockton) also ran strong for the 
Falcons, finishing sixth overall in the 100- 
meter dash (11.61), while freshman Brian 
Mountain (Southwick, Mass./Southwick- 
Tolland) notched an eighth-place finish in 
the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.17 

For the women, junior Lindsay Supre- 
nant (Feeding Hills, Mass./Agawam) led 
Fitchburg State with two top- 10 finishes, 
including a fourth-place finish in the ham- 
mer throw with a distance of 34.23 meters. 
Suprenant was also solid in the women's 
shot-put, finishing 10th in the event with a 
distance of 9.32 meters 

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